DEXTER -- Taylor Nelson and Mallory Kennedy combined for 27 points as the Dexter Lady Bearcats defeated the Charleston Lady Bluejays, 65-15, at home Monday night.
Nelson scored a game-high 14 points and Kennedy added 13 as the Lady Bearcats improved to 10-2 on the season.
Nelson added a team-high 10 rebounds to her statistics as Dexter dominated a young Charleston team.
Kennedy scored all 13 of her points, and Dexter's only 3-pointer of the game, in the first quarter to help the Lady 'Cats explode for a 32-5 advantage.
Haylee Finch knocked down seven of her 10 points on the night in the second period as the Lady Cats extended the lead to 50-7 at the half.
All fourteen players on coach Gavin Miller's bench saw playing time in the game and 10 different players scored.
The different combinations of players gained valuable playing time, but were unable to keep up the first-half pace. After scoring 50 points in the first half, Dexter would put just 15 on the board through the final two quarters of play, while Charleston netted eight for the final 65-15 score.
Mindy Jones, Bailey Stanley Finch, each had three steals on the night.
Molly Burleson's three assists were tops for Dexter.
In Charleston's defense, the Bluejays, under the leadership of coach Kelly Pedigo, played the same starting lineup for both the varsity and jayvee games. The Lady Bluejays lack experience with no seniors on the squad, and boasted just two juniors. The balance of the 11-member team consisted of three sophomores and six freshmen.
In the junior varsity contest, no Dexter player scored in double figures, but it didn't matter as the Lady 'Jays could only muster a single field goal by freshman Casara Carter in a 42-2 Lady Bearcats' win.
Jill Temples' nine points led Dexter, followed by teammate Brooke Thrower with eight.
With the win, the jayvee Lady Bearcats improved to 10-1 on the season. The Lady Bearcats will play their second of four games this week Wednesday when they travel Benton to take on the Kelly Lady Hawks.
They will be at home Thursday against the Malden Lady Green Wave and will play at Cape Girardeau Notre Dame Saturday against Visitation Academy.
All but the Saturday game will tip-off at 6 p.m. with jayvee action, followed by varsity play. The game with Visitation Academy is set for noon on Saturday.
Kelly edged Scott City on the road, handing the Rams their 11th straight loss.
Brittany Ponder scored a game-high 20 points for Kelly (9-5), and Debra Hall added 10.
For Scott City (0-11), Kelley Hicks scored 18, Nora Glasser had 12 and Becky Holder scored 11.
The Notre Dame girls basketball team couldn't hold off Poplar Bluff as the Mules edged the visiting Bulldogs 45-43 in overtime Monday.
The Bulldogs (6-9) trailed by 12 at halftime but held Poplar Bluff to seven second-half points.
Notre Dame shot just seven free throws, while the Mules totaled 31 free throws.
Kristain Burger was the lone double-figure scorer for Notre Dame with 17 points.